Countering Violent Extremism in the United States

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The U.S. has been fighting a global network of violent Islamic extremist organizations like ISIS and Al-Qaeda for close to 20 years, but as the U.S. continues to experience mass shootings at home – 17 so far in 2019 –Read More

Cipher Brief Experts Weigh in on Gordon’s Departure

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The resignation of both Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and his deputy Susan Gordon, both taking effect on August 15th, mean big changes are underway at the top of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Sources tell us that Gordon increasinglyRead More

India’s Dangerous Move in Kashmir

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The Indian-administered area of Kashmir has been on lockdown since the Indian government said earlier this week that it was revoking the region of its constitutional status.  That special status – defined by Articles 370 and 35A in the IndianRead More

Where Will Protests Lead Hong Kong?

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The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office says the city is experiencing its worst crisis since the colony returned to China from British rule in 1997 after weeks of protests prompted by legislation that protestors believe wasRead More

Stopping Violent Extremism

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Keeping NYC Connected and Safe: A CIG Conversation with NYC’s CISO

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The Cyber Initiatives Group is a group of public – private and academic thought leaders who share their unique expertise with the greater cyber community through a series of CIG webcasts and in-person events throughout the year. This is a previewRead More

NSA’s New Directorate Expected to Strengthen Offensive Capabilities

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NSA Director General Paul Nakasone announced last week that he is creating a new cybersecurity directorate that will focus on – among other things – aligning the agency’s resources on both offense and defensive cyber operations. “What I’m trying toRead More

New Lessons Lead to New War Plans for India and Pakistan

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Iran, Tankers and the Threat of Greater Destruction

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New audio of the seizure of a British-flagged tanker indicates the vessel was too far away from help to avoid being forced to change course by Iranian Paramilitary forces last week.  In audio released on Sunday by a maritime securityRead More

Iran’s State of Play

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Tensions remain high between Iran and several EU countries, even after some of the primary signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement vowed their continued support this week, offering Iran an opportunity to reverse its recent, deliberate violations of the JCPOA. Read More